COVID-19 live updates: Goodbye curfew, hello terrasses – Quebec begins to reopen (Reports)

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Montrealers say the lifting of the curfew offers a “new feeling of freedom.” Legault thanks Quebecers for their efforts during the pandemic.

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  • Goodbye curfew, hello terrasses – Quebec begins to reopen
  • Montrealers say lifting of curfew offers a ‘new feeling of freedom’
  • Montreal restaurant owners scramble to prepare for terrasses reopening
  • Legault thanks Quebecers for efforts during pandemic
  • Walk-in clinic for 2nd dose of AstraZeneca opens Saturday at Décarie Square
  • Montreal unveils $25M summer plan to revive downtown core
  • A guide to COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec
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10  a.m.

Goodbye curfew, hello terrasses – Quebec begins to reopen

Restaurant terrasses are officially open.

Gazette photographer Dave Sidaway captured the scene on Notre-Dame St. in Montreal this morning.

The terrasse was open and full at the Burgundy Lion pub – and Corona beer was being delivered to the El Gordo Tacobar.

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The Burgundy Lion’s terrasse was open and full… at 8 a.m. Waiter Maxime Vatan is busy while more customers wait in line.
The Burgundy Lion’s terrasse was open and full… at 8 a.m. Waiter Maxime Vatan is busy while more customers wait in line. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette
Labatt deliverymen Steve Pomerleau, left, and Guyaume Beauchamp deliver Corona beer to the El Gordo Tacobar on Notre-Dame St.
Labatt deliverymen Steve Pomerleau, left, and Guyaume Beauchamp deliver Corona beer to the El Gordo Tacobar on Notre-Dame St. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette

Some other major pandemic restrictions have also eased across Quebec.

The curfew, which began Jan 9 as a 28-day measure, is over after 139 days. Travel between regions is allowed, and backyard gatherings of friends and families can take place.

Here are the changes and the rules that apply.


9:15 a.m.

Montrealers say lifting of curfew offers a ‘new feeling of freedom’

Nicolas figures he’s going to let loose once Quebec’s curfew ends.

“I think it’s a good thing and I’m really going to be partying,” said Nicolas, who didn’t want to give his last name to a Gazette reporter. The young man was lounging in Jeanne-Mance Park earlier this week.

Read our full story, by Brendan Kelly.


9:15 a.m.

Montreal restaurant owners scramble to prepare for terrasses reopening

Outremont restaurateur Patricia Lévêque says Premier François Legault hadn’t even finished discussing details of his back-to-normal roadmap last week when her work phone began ringing.

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“We started getting reservations during the premier’s press conference,” said Lévêque, whose eponymous Laurier Ave. brasserie will turn 50 next year. “By the next day, we were pretty much fully booked. I’ve never lived through a war, but this must be what liberation feels like.”

Read our full story, by Frédéric Tomesco.


9:15 a.m.

Legault thanks Quebecers for efforts during pandemic

As the province begins to reopen, Premier François Legault has penned a letter to Quebecers thanking them for their efforts, sacrifices and solidarity since the pandemic began 15 months ago.

Read our full story, by Katherine Wilton.

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9:20 a.m.

Walk-in clinic for 2nd dose of AstraZeneca opens Saturday at Décarie Square

Montrealers who were vaccinated with AstraZeneca before April 3 can get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine starting Saturday at a walk-in clinic at Décarie Square.

Read our full story.


9:15 a.m.

Montreal unveils $25M summer plan to revive downtown core

Close to 200 terrasse permits have been issued at dramatically reduced rates in Montreal’s downtown area, with five to 10 new applications coming in every week.

Read our full story, by T’Cha Dunlevy.


9:15 a.m.

A guide to COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec

Local health authorities have set up mass vaccination sites across Montreal.

You can book appointments via the Clic Santé website or by phone at 1-877-644-4545.

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Here are the nuts and bolts of getting vaccinated, by Katherine Wilton. Her guide includes the age groups targeted, how to book appointments, and addresses of vaccination centres.

Two private sites can also help you book appointments:

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9:15 a.m.

Here are the current pandemic restrictions in Montreal and Quebec

We are regularly updating our list of what services are open, closed or modified in Montreal and Quebec, including information on the curfew and other lockdown measures.

You can read it here.


9:15 a.m.

Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today

Montrealers can be screened at test centres across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here.


8:45 a.m.

The situation across Canada

Here’s the rate of case growth per 100,000 people over the past seven days, via the federal government’s latest epidemiology update.


8:30 a.m.

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